Enugu - An octogenarian, Igbokwe Ani, and his 41-year-old son, Ugochukwu, appeared before an Enugu Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and charged with conspiracy, assault and theft.
Prosecutor Madu Matthew told the court that one Abel Nwobodo, reported the matter at Ogui Police Station on Aug. 8.
Madu said the accused persons inflicted injury on Christian Mba’s nose with a shovel and a block and damaged a wall valued at N100 000.
They also allegedly damaged 500 blocks valued at N80 000 and wasted 2 000 gallons of water valued at N16 000 in the process.
He told the court that the accused persons allegedly stole iron rods valued at N20 000 and masonry equipment valued at N26 000, all belonging to Nwobodo.
The prosecutor said the first accused brought a letter from the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State for the matter to be settled out of court.
The Magistrate, Virginia Uzoma, held that since the matter was already in the court, the police had no jurisdiction to the handle matter.
"Writing a letter to the police to come into a matter that is pending in the court is against the rules of the court,’’ Uzoma said.
Following the inability of counsel to the accused persons, Okwudili Agbo, to explain why he sorted police intervention, the magistrate remitted the matter for reassignment.